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Commentary: Win, lose or draw

Commentary: Win, lose or draw

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Now that we’ve had a little more than a week to digest what Indiana lawmakers did and did not do, it’s time for my list of winners and losers.  As I wrote in a recent column, nothing can ever really be considered a total win or complete loss because of the […]

Commentary: I was just happy to be there

Commentary: I was just happy to be there

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com I finished a series of projects this week, as did a number of my friends. We all work in the Indiana Statehouse in varying roles, and the legislative session just concluded. The Statehouse is a unique place during the session, especially at the end. The interested parties in negotiations for the […]

Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

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Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s legislators managed to make it through this session of the Indiana General Assembly without putting Hoosiers at each others’ throats or turning the state into a national joke. This is progress. The 2017 legislative session has been a quiet one. There haven’t been any mass protests that […]

Commentary: Legislature, what will your verse be?

Commentary: Legislature, what will your verse be?

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Oh Me! Oh Life! is one of Walt Whitman’s classic poems about one of life’s most commonly recurring questions: why are we here? Public officials often ask themselves this question in a more limited scope, and often out of exhaustion or frustration. Public service can be a draining experience and is […]

Commentary: Hey, Indiana lawmakers, thanks for nothing!

Commentary: Hey, Indiana lawmakers, thanks for nothing!

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Two years ago Indiana was in the middle of a level five political hurricane called RFRA.  A few years before that Democrats and Republicans deadlocked over “right to work, ” and Democrats fled to Champaign, Illinois, bringing the government to a halt.  And just last year we were all pondering whether […]

Commentary: We came, we saw, we took a nap

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Commentary: We came, we saw, we took a nap

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The best thing that can be said for this year’s session of the Indiana General Assembly is that it ended. Lawmakers didn’t do much in their two months at the Statehouse – and what they did do they didn’t do well – but that might be a sign of […]

Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

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Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Just before President Barack Obama and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivered the State of the Union and the State of the State speeches, four former leaders in Congress floated an intriguing idea. Among them was former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana. The others were Lugar’s old colleagues in the […]

General Assembly should continue nourishing Hoosier manufacturing

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General Assembly should continue nourishing Hoosier manufacturing

Letter to the Editor from Patrick J. Kiely, President, Indiana Manufacturers Association INDIANAPOLIS – In developing the state’s revenue forecast, the Indiana General Assembly and State Budget Agency used economic projections provided this year by IHS Economics. Steady growth is projected in both Indiana and the national economy, which has allowed the state to be […]

IURC chair named Pence’s new Chief of Staff

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IURC chair named Pence’s new Chief of Staff

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence appointed Jim Atterholt as his Chief of Staff today. Atterholt, who served two terms as a state representative and led two state agencies, will begin work Monday. “Jim Atterholt’s experience in state government and in the Indiana General Assembly, along with his reputation for integrity make […]

Commentary: At last, golden silence at the Statehouse

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Commentary: At last, golden silence at the Statehouse

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The end came almost as quiet as a whisper. The 2014 legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly finished with a soft flurry of activity. In the last days of the session, lawmakers, working almost in a hush, met in conference committees and moved to the governor’s desk bills […]

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